Research & Whitepaper | Archive | 2016
The Independent Director's Dilemma : Is there ever a safe environment in which to be an independent director?
There was a time in the not too distant past when it was generally accepted that directors of corporate boards constituted a closed network. As a consequence, the role of directors and their accountabilities seemed shrouded in mystery – a mystery that few people outside of the directors' circle were interested in solving.
Can it be done, is the question. Establishing an effective social media presence is now such a crucial aspect of doing business in Australia. For those in the technology, media and communications industries, it is almost a given that your presence online is cutting edge, pushing the boundaries and engaging customers and stakeholders alike
What does capacity to make decisions mean?
Our right to make our own decisions is fundamental to our everyday existence. That includes the right to make decisions with which others may disagree or regard as silly. Equally, knowing when a person does not have the capacity to make a decision is just as crucial because a decision made without capacity can be invalid. A failure to properly assess and understand a person's capacity to make decisions can have significant adverse consequences both to the provider and the care recipient.
Organisations in Australia and overseas are recognising the benefits of using social media platforms such as Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter to promote their goods and services, and to effectively engage more with their customers and strategic partners.
Innovation is no longer on the list solely for start-ups but has become a strategic goal for senior leadership of small, medium and large sized organisations. However, professional service organisations, and in particular those in the legal industry, are struggling to match other industries in their stride.
In July 2016, Governance Institute of Australia partnered with LexisNexis to conduct a survey of Institute members to capture their views on how governance is perceived in their organisations. The survey was designed to explore if governance is perceived as a drain on productivity or as a productivity enabler.
There are many obligations that arise in an employment relationship. Of course an employer should look after their employees, it makes complete sense both ethically and commercially.
The annual general meeting (AGM) has long been the forum where shareholders and directors have the opportunity to interact.
Dodging the Draft
How proofreading failures are creating risk for firms and their clients and denying firms extra revenue.
Law firms are under increasing pressure to become more efficient in the way they work, driven not just by macroeconomic conditions but also increased competition. There is a growing expectation from law firm clients that firms will make greater use of technology in order to reduce costs and increase the value they provide to clients.
ACCC Essentials - Understanding the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's 2016 Compliance and Enforcement Priorities
It is vitally important for all Australian businesses to have a thorough understanding of the way in which the ACCC prioritises its enforcement activities, given the highly interventionist and aggressive approach which the ACCC takes to both competition law and consumer protection matters. Indeed, the ACCC is arguably one of the most active and aggressive enforcers of competition law in the world.
Technology has been a disrupting force in many industries for years now. To date, the practice of law has been relatively slow to embrace these changes, due to entrenched workplace cultures dictating how things are done and an inherent tendency for the profession to be risk averse.